The mother of a three-year-old girl who was starved to death last year has been sentenced to 20 years as part of a plea bargain.
Shaunee Hall, 24, was sentenced a year to the day after her daughter died.
She had pleaded guilty last month to child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. As part of the guilty plea agreement, first-degree murder charges were dropped and Hall was given a maximum sentence for the lesser charge..
Here daughter, three-year-old Zianne Hall, was brought to a local hospital on October 13, 2007 suffering from malnourishment and dehydration. She weighed less than 22 pounds, according to an arrest affidavit.
The girl died on October 30, 2007.
According to an affidavit, doctors had determined that "the victim's condition was not related to any medical condition ... it was 100 percent neglect."
Tina Houcks, 37, Hall's roommate and a woman who took care of Zianne during the day, was charged with first-degree murder, knowingly causing the death of a child under 12, fatal child abuse and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
Houcks is scheduled for a motions hearing in December and a trial in March.
"Her mother is small. She is like 100 pounds, so I didn't think anything of it," Houcks told 7NEWS in a jailhouse interview last year. "I didn't starve her. As often as my kids ate, she ate."
Houcks said she knew something was not right with the girl but thought Zianne had a mental disability.